Parents and guardians who use regulated child care providers have rights (and responsibilities), as outlined by the Maryland State Department of Education.
See what they are below:
- After finding the right caregiver , talk with them right away about the kind of care you want for your child. This will help them know what to expect for your child.
- Work out arrangements BEFORE your child begins their program. You'll need to know things like who is responsible for providing snacks, when to pay, late feeds, closing information, etc. Sign a service agreement or contract (after thoroughly reading it).
- If you're unhappy about something at the facility, take with your childcare providers as soon as possible.
- Help your childcare provider by letting them know if something unusual happens at home, so that they can look for behavior changes in your child.
- You have the right to expect that the care your child receives meets the requirements set by the Maryland child care regulations
- You can visit the facility any time your child is there, even without an appointment
- You can see the rooms and outside play areas during program hours
- You should to notified if one of the facility employees smokes. (Smoking is not allowed at the centers)
- Your care provider must have written permission before taking your child on field trips, swimming, or wading
- You should be notified immediately if your child is seriously injured or in an accident
- You can file a complaint with the Officer of Child Care if you believe any of your rights have been violated.
- You can view the public portion of the licensing or registration file of the facility at the OCC Regional Licensing office
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